Personally, although I am disappointed about the camera going astray, I (and my wife) are more worried about Ralph's wellbeing.
And I miss his contributions to APUG.
So I'll say in public essentially what I've said in PM and email - Ralph, if I can help, just contact me.
I too have been "stuck" on something in the past.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
If Ralph is healthy enough to be visiting camera shops and frequenting other online forums, he is SURELY healthy enough to offer us an apology or an explanation here. Or he can do the right thing by mailing the camera to us now, and all will be well.